We’ve got running gloves, a Wi-Fi-enabled lock and plenty of other in-demand gadgets to make everyday tasks a little bit smarter.
These Sweaty Betty tech running gloves can get fingers toasty without having to forgo being able to text, answer phone calls or switch that podcast mid-run. This set also has reflectors. Available at Nordstrom.
Who it's ideal for: Anyone who likes a cold-weather workout.
Why we're endorsing it: Practicality, design, safety.
Where it could use improvements: No specs for hand size measurements.
This modern white space heater works for a small space and has crucial safety features (like an automatic shut-off when tipped and fire-resistant materials). It heats up to 1000W but can also be used at a lower setting or as a fan. Currently on sale at Amazon.
Who it's ideal for: Anyone who wants to warm up a space without sacrificing their decor style.
Why we're endorsing it: Usability, design.
Where it could use improvements: Comes in one colour scheme.
Size/weight/dimensions: 21.08 x 17.68 x 19.38 cm.
Who it's ideal for: Anyone who wants to reorganize their desk.
Why we're endorsing it: Price, brand trust, practicality.
Where it could use improvements: Cord ties are velcro, not clips.
This Anker PowerWave 10W Wireless Charger is compatible with smartphones (like Samsung Galaxy, Android and iPhone) that are Qi-enabled. This unit includes a wall charger (and not just a USB cable). Available at Best Buy.
Who it's ideal for: Anyone who wants to charge without plugging in.
Why we're endorsing it: Convenience, user reviews, includes wall charger.
Where it could use improvements: Phone lays flat when charging.
Size/weight/dimensions: 10 x 10 x 1 cm.
Who it's ideal for: A space that needs something extra.
Why we're endorsing it: Price, ease of use, aesthetic.
Where it could use improvements: We chose battery-operated, but USB and plug-ins are also available.
Size/weight/dimensions: 10-pack/7’ each.
This Vinturi aerator attaches right onto the bottle to save time on decanting. As the wine is poured into a glass, the patented technology imparts the right amount to oxygen to open up the flavour. While these types of on-bottle aerators are a newer concept in the wine world, this one comes highly recommended from connoisseurs. Available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Who it's ideal for: Anyone who wants to maximize a nice bottle of red or white wine (or even a not-so-great bottle).
Why we're endorsing it: Ingenuity, recommended by experts.
Where it could use improvements: Some users report that if not properly inserted in the bottle, leaks can happen.
Size/weight/dimensions: 12.65 cm in height.
Wipes specifically made for electronics can sometimes have a tacky feel to them, which is why we’re endorsing Whoosh Screen Shine spray. It comes with a microfibre cloth, which is less wasteful than wipes. As our phones go everywhere with us, constantly in our hands and sometimes held up to our face, keeping it squeaky clean is a must. Available at Staples.
Who it's ideal for: Anyone who wants to de-gunk their most-touched electronics.
Why we're endorsing it: Non-toxic ingredients, not disposable.
Where it could use improvements: No alcohol (so it’s not sanitizing).
Size/weight/dimensions: 100 mL.
It was only a matter of time before smoke detectors got smart. The Google Nest Protect Wi-Fi Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm has everything we’d expect from the tech giant (like pairing to your smartphone) and is unique in that it can distinguish between a concern (burning toast) and a full-blown emergency, and alert accordingly. It is battery-operated, so even if the Wi-Fi goes down, it's still on. Available at Best Buy.
Who it's ideal for: Anyone who wants a super-savvy home system.
Why we're endorsing it: Safety, ingenuity, intuitiveness.
Where it could use improvements: May not be compatible with other brand smart home systems.
Size/weight/dimensions: 16.7 cm in width.
Keeping up with the next-gen home products is the Smart Lock & Connect Bridge from August, the most prominent brand in this space. It can be locked and unlocked virtually as long as there’s an internet connection and it can also monitor if a door isn’t closed properly. Currently on sale at Best Buy.
Who it's ideal for: Anyone who is halfway to work and can't remember if they locked the door.
Why we're endorsing it: Ingenuity, safety, smart.
Where it could use improvements: It is Wi-Fi-dependent.
Size/weight/dimensions: 2.83" H x 2.83" W x 1.75" D (installed).
When choosing an electric toothbrush, it’s best to first decide on the type of bristle action required: oscillating (rotating) or sonic (vibrating). If it’s the latter, this Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean rechargeable brush has thousands of five-star reviews and some handy reminders (like a two-minute timer, pressure sensor and brush head angle reminder). A charge lasts up to 14 days. It’s currently on sale on Amazon.
Who it's ideal for: Anyone who wants a closer brush.
Why we're endorsing it: Price, user reviews, smart capabilities.
Where it could use improvements: Reusable battery will eventually need to be replaced.
Size/weight/dimensions: 6.5 x 17.3 x 23.7 cm.
If oscillating is more your speed, this Oral-B 1000 Cross Action pulses every 30 seconds as a reminder to move on to the next area of the mouth and purports to remove 300 times more plaque along the gumline than a manual brush. Currently on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart and also available on Amazon.
Who it's ideal for: Anyone who wants to give their teeth and gums more attention.
Why we're endorsing it: Brand trust, user reviews, tactile brush features.
Where it could use improvements: Vibrating brushes make a bit of noise when in use.
Size/weight/dimensions: 5.5 x 11.1 x 25.3 cm.
Combining the coziness of an electronic blanket and the soothing pressure of a weighted blanket, this Pure Electric micromink and Sherpa blanket weights 13 pounds and has four different heat settings. These blankets are new to the market and suitable for those who take their lounge time seriously. Available on Amazon.
Who it's ideal for: Anyone who wants to chill and stay warm.
Why we're endorsing it: Ingenuity, design.
Where it could use improvements: Heating pads are on one section of the blanket, not throughout.
Size/weight/dimensions: 13 pounds.
Getting ready to start hosting again but not quite ready for all of the germs that come with it? This touchless soap dispenser can help alleviate some of the ick. It’s ideal for a guest or kid's bathroom. Available at Simons.
Who it's ideal for: Anyone who wants to lessen contact at the handwashing station.
Why we're endorsing it: Safety, usability, design.
Where it could use improvements: Batteries required.
Size/weight/dimensions: 400 mL.
If going back to the office has meant an uptick in commuting, this MyGEKOgear Orbit 530 is a road safety companion. It records with a 120-degree view, night vision and there’s a two-inch live LCD screen. Recordings are saved on an 8GB SD card; in cases of an accident, it can be backed up on Wi-Fi. Available at Best Buy.
Who it's ideal for: Drivers who want an extra layer of safety insurance.
Why we're endorsing it: Safety, price.
Where it could use improvements: Some installation required.
Size/weight/dimensions: 2” LCD screen.